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Johnson’s muscular ambition



Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a deep fear of powerlessness, said Stephen Galloway in The Hollywood Reporter. The actor and former wrestler was 14 when he came home to his mom’s apartment in Hawaii and found an eviction notice pinned to the door. “We were living in an efficiency that cost $120 a week,” remembers Johnson, 42. “My mom just started breaking down. ‘Where are we going to live? What are we going to do?’” He was angry that his dad—who was barely scraping together a living as a professional wrestler on the U.S. mainland—was not around to take care of the family. At first, Johnson took to crime, breaking into stores, but after several arrests, vowed he would never lose control of his life again. “That was the tipping point. It was about, ‘What can I control with these two hands?’ The only thing I could do was train and build my body.” The gangly teen began lifting weights and bulked up, and began wrestling as The Rock in his early 20s. A few years later, the 6-foot-5 muscleman was being cast in Hollywood action movies, and last year, his films grossed $1.3 billion. “I grew up where, when a door closed, a window didn’t open. Now the opportunity is here. The door is wide open.”

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